Thursday, April 5, 2012

Annabelle Selldorf Proposes New Six-Story Building on Bond Street

Selldorf Architects, designers 520 West Chelsea near the High Line and the gleaming stainless steel tower at 200 Eleventh Avenue, presented a new plan for a Noho corner lot at a meeting of Community Board 2. What was shown for 10 Bond Street is six stories and a penthouse, all clad in bands of earth-toned terra cotta. At each floor an expansive pane of curved glass rounds the corner above Lafayette and Bond, a visual cue taken from the landmarked 1885 DeVinne Press building, sitting one block north.

The site at 10 Bond Street is currently home to a non-descript three-story brick building, built in 1920, and a car repair shop with a parking lot, all of which is slated for demolition. The lot sits across from the infamous Finger of Noho and backs up to another site set for development, where a plan by Morris Adjmi was recently approved for 372 Lafayette. A couple of years back, a hotel proposal from Traboscia Roiatti Architects was approved for the 12 Bond site, but the economic crash killed that plan.

Documents recently filed at the Department of Finance show that 8-12 Development Partners LLC now controls the site, covering two lots at 8 and 10-12 Bond Street. The proposal is slated to go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission this week.

The development team is waiting on the vote before releasing its construction schedule.


Big Plans for 372 Lafayette Street

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation revealed a rendering for a new building coming to 372 Lafayette Street, at the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Street in NoHo. The relatively handsome building is designed by Morris Adjmi and will be a market-rate rental apartment building.

The building design, which was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, is indeed the same lot where architect David Wallance wanted to build a "creative" six-story building made from shipping containers. Indeed, that proposal was approved, but fortunately, never built. In any case, the latest renderings seem much more contextual and easier to swallow. Construction is expected to begin later this spring.